According to the latest news report, eight more people have just succumbed to the flu and died from complications. This, according to health officials, raises the total number of flu-related deaths in the state of Connecticut to 40 so far this season, a number that includes a child. In addition, Waterbury school officials also confirmed Thursday that among those unfortunate victims is a teacher from one of their schools. According to officials, Harley Gaafar, an ESL teacher (English as a second language), died at West Side High School. After learning of this death, it was reported that grief counselors were available to both children and other teachers / staff. "The school community is devastated and deeply saddened," Waterbury school officials said. "It is very sad to report that Harley Gaafar (a young Muslim woman who belongs to our Muslim community in the Greater Waterbury area) died (Tuesday)," the Waterbury Islamic Cultural Center said in a statement they published.
“Superintendent Verna D. Ruffin and the Waterbury Public Schools community express their sincere condolences to Mrs. Harley Gaafar's family. Ms. Gaafar was an English as a second language teacher at West Side High School. She was a dear member of the staff. Grief counselors and social workers have made themselves available to support students and staff while they cry), ”district officials said in a statement.
According to the school community, Gaafar taught ESL to his classes and was actually much appreciated by his students. Dr. Warren Corson III, who worked with Gaafar and her sister at the Pillwillop Therapeutic Farm in Wolcott, also described Gaafar as a natural teacher who made it very easy to work alongside her. "She had that attitude about her," Corson wrote. After this, Waterbury school district officials expect no other victims to occur and are taking steps to prevent the influenza virus from infecting more people, such as working on cleaning and disinfecting schools. The flu season continues to drive crazy. USA UU., Although experts said it is slowly disappearing. Health care experts recommend that all people over 6 months, including the elderly, people with chronic diseases and future mothers, receive the flu vaccine as soon as it is available. U.S. Department of Defense UU. (TagsToTranslate) waterbury (t) connecticut (t) health officials (t) release (t) flu season (t) victims (t) death (t) report (t) teacher of esl (t) school district (t) harley gaafar (t) flu virus